Huckster and Flim-Flam Man are the descriptions I usually bestow upon Illinois Governor Quinn, although there are probably much better ones if I lower myself to using street lingo. Whatever the description, though, I am sure there are some people who have finally figured out that the Illinois Governor is a "Quinn"tessential Chicago Machine Politician. Most of us, of course, are more than used to to this greedy animal called Machine Politician, however, what should gall citizens of this state is the fact that Quinn has been nothing short of a fraud, as far as his political ethos go. Quinn, who had built a reputation for being a so-called defender of the people - but as we have seen since ascending to the Governor's Mansion that the people are the absolute last thing on this man's mind.
Surprisingly, though, this is a man who should know that his winning margin in the gubernatorial election was anything but a mandate. Then again, he is probably just going on the assumption that once you win the prize - the machine keeps you entrenched. Well normally that would seem to hold true in a state that isn't known for exactly exercising its right to vote, or using it wisely. With Quinn, though, it could backfire given his propensity to publicly backtrack on the issues.
For instance, a little over a year ago he signed into law the ability to make it easier for people to obtain information under the Freedom of Information Act only to reverse himself this week by gutting the initial legislation. Quinn, no doubt, has agreed with those who really pull the strings in this state that transparency is something that would be detrimental to their "fleecing the taxpayer" enterprise."
Our machinery just doesn't like accountability or transparency! After all, how can they justify all those political appointments that put taxpayers on the hook for inflated salaries, benefits and retirement pensions that allow career politicians to double and triple dip a system for decades? Sadly, "the people" have allowed it to happen.
Perhaps most people feel helpless when it comes to the greed of its politicians or justify it with an attitude of "that's the way it is." I am not sure why so many people are apathetic, but you would think that after so many have had to cut back on their own lives, while the business as usual sign is hung in plain view, that something would. I don't know how many times I have asked "where's the anger?" but I know it has been more than a few times.
When will it click in peoples minds that they have been short-changed by its elected officials? When will they realize that their children's children will have nothing in the future? How many times does one have to pay for the same service? The list of waste is endless.
Yet, our roads and bridges have remain neglected, our prospects for children receiving a quality education all but gone - and still the politicians are tapping us dry for programs that have been supposedly shored-up by the last tax hike. And when you try and find out "where the money has gone?" or better yet - "who got that money?" - politicians stand in our way to get that information. Gee, don't you think the time has come for some real change? Yeah?
Then how do these "Quinn"tessential politicians keep getting elected?